Interdisciplinary modelling in the primary mathematics curriculum

English, Lyn D. (2007) Interdisciplinary modelling in the primary mathematics curriculum. In Watson, Jane & Beswick, Kim (Eds.) Mathematics: Essential research, essential practice, Mathematics Education Research Group of Australia (MERGA), Hobart, pp. 275-284.

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This paper examines one approach to promoting creative and flexible use of mathematical ideas within an interdisciplinary context in the primary curriculum, namely, through modelling. Three classes of 5th-grade children worked on a modelling problem (Australia’s settlement) situated within the curriculum domains of science and studies of society and environment. Reported here are the cycles of development displayed by one group of children as they worked the problem, together with the range of models created across the classes. Children developed mathematisation processes that extended beyond their regular curriculum, including identifying and prioritising key problem elements, exploring relationships among elements, quantifying qualitative data, ranking and aggregating data, and creating and working with weighted scores.

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ID Code: 10877
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the publisher’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Interdisciplinary modelling, mathematical reasoning, primary school
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 MERGA
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:35

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